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Tim Cook on Charlie Rose

Great two part interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook with Charlie Rose. Wonderful insight into how Apple works and how they explore new products.

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Tyler’s First Fish

Tyler caught his very first fish this weekend with the help of Grandpa Don! He was so proud and excited. He even threw it back in all on his own.

Restarting AWS MN

A couple of months ago Bridget Kromhout and I started talking about coordinating with the Twin Cities Amazon Web Services User Group organizers to get the meetup group going again. The first thing we did was change the name to something a bit shorter, AWS MN.

We had our first meetup a month ago to get things going again with a pretty loose agenda. This Wednesday we have a presentation I’m super excited about on Automating AWS with Ansible by David Federlein. We already have presentations for October and December as well. Want to present for November? :-)

This is my first time organizing a meetup and I’m super excited to be doing this with Bridget who is frankly awesome at all of this (you should follow her on Twitter, @bridgetkromhout). We are also using GitHub issues to coordinate our work which is working really well and hosting at SPS Commerce using our training facility which also works fabulous for this and is nicely located in core downtown.

If you have an interest in AWS and topics related to it, you should definitely join the meetup and come to our sessions. They are the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm! Also follow @aws_mn on Twitter!

Fall Poem

Mazie had a homework assignment for fall poetry that involved having your parents write a poem and copying it in her notebook. Here is my poem.

The leaves had all gone
from the trees.

In the air
there was a gentle breeze.

My nose could smell
the freshness in the air.

The air is chilly
and the weather is fair.

The days are getting shorter
the harvest moon is tall.

This is my favorite season
I love the fall.

shingadooties

For years Mazie has been using this word that she made up. She decided that it meant “everything”. Quite specifically, everything. Any question she asked, if you answered with “shingadooties” it would be right. This wonderful word has no representation on the Internet so Mazie and I decided to fix that by defining it here. So a shingadooties this shingadooties post about shingadooties.

Shingadooties,

Jamie & Mazie

Pronunciation

shing-a-doo-ties

Etymology

Mazie made it up.

Verb
  1. Every verb possible.
    I shingadooties all the way to school.
    The dog shingadooties around the backyard.
Noun
  1. Every noun possible.
    One time I got shingadooties for my birthday and it was awesome.
    I love my shingadooties!

 

Getting started with Ansible

I’ve been planning to start working on using a configuration management solution for my hobby servers. Chef was too heavy for my purposes, and confused me a lot. I got really enamored with SaltStack, but never really caught onto it. I decided to give Ansible a go and actually have a couple of hosts in Vagrant and am managing some limited packages with Ansible. My work is in GitHub.

In theory, it should be straightforward to take my build notes and turn them into Ansible playbooks. We’ll see.

MediaWiki LocalSettings for Farmers

I’ve been running a MediaWiki farm at thingelstad.com for a couple of years now hosting about a dozen wikis ranging from small to very large. Running a MediaWiki farm is a bit complicated and you can approach it a number of different ways. I recently pushed the settings that I use to run my farm into GitHub so others can see how I do it. The next step will be to also move the scripts that I use up, but those will be kept in another repository.

Hopefully this proves useful to others. It’s useful for me to finally have these very complicated settings (really code!) under version control.

Silhouette on Superior

WikiApiary Stickers

StickerMule had a great deal a couple of weeks ago so I had these fun WikiApiary clear vinyl stickers made. They really came out great!

If you want one for your laptop or whatever send me a note and I’ll put one in the mail.

Mayday Did It!

I’m very happy to be one of the over fifty-thousand backers of Mayday PAC.

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